Karl-Anthony Towns Sidelined With Calf Strain

Karl-Anthony Towns at the
Karl-Anthony Towns at the "Variety" Sports Entertainment Summit in 2017. Photo by Stewart Cook/Variety/REX/Shutterstock (8960146hv)

The Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns will be out of action for between four and six weeks after picking up a calf strain. The All-Star forward underwent imaging on Tuesday in Minneapolis which shed further light on the extent of his injury. Currently, the team is hoping for the forward to make a full recovery and return to the court in January.

Towns left the Timberwolves’ 142-127 loss to the Washington Wizards on Monday night during the third quarter, thereby giving rise to fears of a significant injury. The player suffered a noncontact injury when he turned to run down the court, immediately grabbing at his calf as he did so. He needed assistance to get back to the locker room as a result.

An examination of Towns’ injury on Monday night gave rise to concerns that he had in fact suffered an Achilles injury, however, imaging performed the following day extinguished such concerns.

The 27-year-old player has averaged 21.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 5.2 assists in 20 games this season, while averaging 23.1 points and 11.2 rebounds over the course of his eight-season NBA career.